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Around the Bend (2004)

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A bitter, recently divorced man is goaded by his grandfather and son into going on a family road trip to reconcile with his estranged father.

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Jordan Roberts

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Henry Lair
Jonah Bobo ... Zach Lair
Josh Lucas ... Jason Lair
Glenne Headly ... Katrina
Christopher Walken ... Turner Lair
David Eigenberg ... John
Robert Douglas Washington ... College Student (as Robert Douglas)
Carlos A. Cabarcas Carlos A. Cabarcas ... KFC Counterman (as Carlos Cabarcas)
Gerry Bamman ... Albert
Jean Effron ... Albert's Mother
Lily Knight Lily Knight ... Tiffany's Saleswoman
Rick Negron ... KFC Manager
David Marciano ... Detective
Norbert Weisser ... Walter
Laurie O'Brien ... Ruth
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son. He's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family van on a trip to Albuquerque. His plans are interrupted when Turner, Jason's father and Henry's son, appears after years of absence. Henry wants to celebrate family, as does Zach, Jason's son; Jason is angry and distant, Turner seems detached and says he's got a bus to catch in the morning. This prompts Henry to put in place an elaborate plan that will send his "tribe" on that Volkswagen bus trip to New Mexico sorting out relationships and digging up a crippled family history. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The skeletons in the family closet just came out to play

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2005 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A kanyaron túl See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,879, 10 October 2004

Gross USA:

$193,637

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579,350
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Katrina is watching Ghost Ship (2002), there is a picture above her head. It is a picture of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. See more »

Goofs

The way the ashes lie on the spoon between shots, near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Lair: [banging on the furniture]
Jason Lair: Henry, it's 1 o'clock.
Henry Lair: I was... drumming for an idea.
Jason Lair: I heard.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Shoes
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by David Baerwald and The New Velvet Pillow Orchestra
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Explores family relationships w/great depth and sensitivity.
15 October 2004 | by lori-collegeSee all my reviews

Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas are incredibly believable in their rich portrayals of a father and son who have been apart for many years and brought together by an eccentric grandfather's wish for a family reunion and an emotional scavenger hunt. Newcomer, Jonah Bobo is superbly natural in his role as Zack. The story is heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time, reminding us that while we don't choose our families, we can choose to love and accept them in spite of the damage we do to each other. We can indeed learn from the mistakes of those who go before us and pass on the best of the previous generation leaving our mark on the next generation.

This was a great movie, with a great soundtrack - a real father-son coming of age story without any saccharine!


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